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speech in boston, massachusetts. >> i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader. so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. >>> americans and people around the world are waiting to see how president obama will address the challenges he mentioned in his victory speech. nhk world's political commentator nakajima joins us. tell us how obama won a second term? >> for a start, he is the incumbent president that puts him in a position of power. all through u.s. history incumbents have usually had the advanta advantage. obama campaigned on his achievements. health care reform, ended the war in iraq, decided to pull back in afghanistan and killed osama bin laden. he took the lead in managing the disaster. that was a winning move. obama also found support among the middle class, the biggest group of american voters. he said he would end tax cuts for the wealthy and give everyone access to health care. >> i guess the big question is what will the president
will watch the returns come in from the respective home bases, chicago and boston. >>> obama arrived in his hometown early in the morning with the first lady. the latest polls suggest the president and his republican challenger mitt romney remain locked in a dead heat. obama spent the final campaign day visiting three swing states including ohio. he criticized romney's economic policies saying they would expand the wealth gap. romney also visited ohio along with three other battleground states. he said obama's work to fix the economy has ended in failure. >>> romney and obama spent a lot of their time during this campaign arguing about the economy, but they also sold voters on their foreign policy plans. they talked tough on china. however, they didn't flesh out their approach for dealing with the world's second largest economy. nhk world's sue assume my kojima went to find some answers. >> reporter: president barack obama was elected four years ago. he promised a change from his predecessor, george w. bush. he has taken an approach to foreign policy. >> we were able to refocus our attentio
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